Hoboken, NJ – Zach Carr '11, Biomedical Engineering major and goalkeeper for the Stevens Institute of Technology soccer team, has been named one of five 2011 Laureates of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. The Laureate Program recognizes gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors, and rewards honorees with a cash award and commemorative plaque. Both were presented by Tau Beta Pi President Dr. Larry A. Simonson, P.E., at the 106th annual Convention in Indianapolis on October 29, 2011.
"The quality of the programs at Stevens can best be measured by the success of our students," says Dr. Constantin Chassapis, Deputy Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science and Tau Beta Pi senior faculty advisor. "Zachary's recognition by a prestigious engineering society is a remarkable and enviable achievement that should inspire our current students toward even greater accomplishments."
The Society has chosen to recognize Carr "for his diverse achievements," which over the course of four years at Stevens includes service and success on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. As the starting goalkeeper for the varsity soccer team all four years of college career, Carr has led Ducks Soccer to four conference championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, and a trip to the NCAA finals in 2008. He was featured in Sports Illustrated for having the second longest streak in NCAA soccer history of consecutive shutouts (with 1,333 minutes). He was a first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American and became the first Stevens men's soccer player to earn back-to-back first-team CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors. Stevens has recognized Carr as the male athlete of the year, as two-time recipient of the Irvin "Buzz" Seymour Award, and named him to the Stevens President's List.
Carr's stats in the classroom are as impressive as his school record of 55 career shutouts. In May, he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's in Engineering Management, holding a 3.91 GPA. As a member of the Stevens Innovative Fluid Extraction System (SIFES) Senior Design Team, Carr presented his group's research at the regional International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Student Poster Competition. His presentation of their design for a biomedical device that alleviates pain during thoracic surgeries garnered first prize in the undergraduate division. This win advanced the SIFES team to an international competition at the ISPE Annual Meeting in Dallas later this year.
"I think our win really demonstrates the effect of the emphasis on 'soft skills' that we get in Biomedical Engineering at Stevens," Carr says. "I really enjoy the biomedical field and have been so fortunate to work with incredible faculty here."
In addition to soccer and his studies, Zach also made time to give back through approximately 100 hours of tutoring per semester and involvement in other outreach activities in the community, such as serving dinners at the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. He and other members of the Stevens soccer team have also led free sports clinics for local youth and special-needs children.
Tau Beta Pi, the world's largest engineering society, has initiated 525,000 members since it was founded in 1885. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Association has 237 active collegiate chapters and 20 active alumnus chapters throughout the country. The Stevens, New Jersey Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi is New Jersey's oldest. The Laureate Program exists to recognize students of superior scholarship and exemplary character, furthering Tau Beta Pi's second fundamental purpose as stated in the Association's Constitution: "to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges."
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Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.